Osaka hopes Peng Shuai is ‘safe’


Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka mentioned that she was in “shock” about fellow tennis star Peng Shuai, who has not been heard from since alleging {that a} highly effective Chinese politician sexually assaulted her.

Osaka added her voice to rising concern inside tennis about Peng’s destiny, with males’s primary Novak Djokovic and quite a few different gamers in latest days saying they have been deeply anxious about her.

The 24-year-old Osaka wrote a brief assertion on Twitter, the place she has 1.1 million followers, accompanied by #WhereIsPengShuai — a hashtag which has been extensively used on social media.

“Censorship is never ok at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and ok,” the Japanese former world primary wrote.

“I’m in shock of the current situation and I’m sending love and light her way.”

Pressure is rising on Chinese authorities to make clear the standing of the 35-year-old Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion.

Peng alleged on the Twitter-like Weibo earlier this month that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had “forced” her into intercourse throughout a long-term on-off relationship.

It was the primary time the #MeToo motion has struck on the high echelons of China’s ruling Communist Party, however the put up was swiftly deleted and nothing has been heard from Peng since.

The Women’s Tennis Association known as Sunday for Peng’s claims to be “investigated fully, fairly, transparently and without censorship”.

WTA chairman Steve Simon advised The New York Times that they’d data that she “is safe and not under any physical threat”.

China has remained quiet about Peng and its nationwide tennis association didn’t reply to AFP requests for remark.

Details of Peng’s accusations have been scrubbed from China’s closely censored Internet.

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